Early in 2016 three dancers from Australia's premier Indigenous dance college taught and performed Indigenous dance at UVA and McGuffey Art Center.
Artist Bianca Beetson educated UVA students and the public about contemporary urban Aboriginal identity during her residency in February.
In March we presented the first showcase of Indigenous Australian textiles and fashion design in the United States in a performance called Culture Couture, in collaboration with Professor Marcy Linton in the Drama Department and numerous Australian partners.
Over 527,000 people saw work from our collection in exhibitions at Harvard Art Museum and Musee de la Civilisation in Quebec over the last eighteen months.
UVA President Teresa Sullivan opened our summer exhibition of works by Loongkoonan, a 105 year old artist from the Kimberley.
More than 600 people attended our annual Night at the Museum series this summer, which features live music and food trucks in our beautiful backyard overlooking the city.
In July we celebrated significant moments in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art history in an outdoor yarnbombing exhibition made by more than 80 local knitters.
In August, former intern Sydney Collins (CLAS 2016) flew to northern Australia with our Director to be the only American representatives at the Milingimbi Makarrata, a summit of Yolngu people and art museums with collections of their work. Read more here.
Thanks to a grant from the Mellon Foundation, we hired a new curator, Henry F. Skerritt, who delivered his inaugural lecture in September at Human/Ties, a celebratation of the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
As a resident artist in October, Ngarrindjeri artist Damien Shen taught drawing to UVA students and the community while exploring his interests in photography, printmaking, anthropology and anatomy.
In November senior Aboriginal artist and statesman Tommy May and Mangkaja art center coordinator Wes Maselli visited Kluge-Ruhe for the screening of Putuparri and the Rainmakersat the Virginia Film Festival. As a result we acquired four of his works for our permanent collection.
This year we taught over 850 children and their parents how to connect with each other at art museums by learning basic elements of art like color, shape, pattern and more.
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